Seeking Victim Information in the “7-Day Challenge” Investigation
The FBI is seeking the public’s help in identifying potential victims of Kaung Myat Kyaw, who allegedly asked females under the age of 18 to produce sexually explicit videos and photographs and/or engage in sexual conduct. This was done as part of the “7-Day Challenge,” conducted mainly via social media, from September 2020 to November 2021.
The “7-Day Challenge” entailed a victim producing increasingly demeaning sexual photographs and videos over the course of seven days. If a victim did not participate in the challenge, the subject threatened to send their nude images to their family and friends.
The FBI is also looking for anyone who may have had contact with any of the following usernames or variations of these names (note that these were not the only usernames used to contact victims):
Kaung Myat Kyaw was arrested on November 18, 2021, on child pornography charges. Contact with victims may have occurred in person or through the following methods:
- Phishing via text message: The subject allegedly posed as Snapchat support and sent text messages stating that a user’s account was logged in from an IP address that was not their own. The subject would then ask for login credentials or the reset password code, and in some instances, the PIN for the “My Eyes Only” folder. Once the information was received, the account would be taken over and the subject would save any nude photos in the folder. A Snapchat user account would then add the victim and provide the nude photos, then attempt to extort the victim by initiating the “7-Day Challenge.”
- Catfishing via social media: The subject allegedly posed as a bisexual female, age 14-16 years old, on various friend-finding platforms. The conversations would move from the platform to Snapchat, where nude images would be exchanged. After the exchange of photographs, a separate account would add the victim and provide the nude photos, then attempt to extort the victim by initiating the “7-Day Challenge.”
If you, your minor dependent(s), or anyone you know has been victimized by this individual or has information relevant to this investigation, please fill out this short questionnaire.
(Note: If you are currently under the age of 18, please have your parent/guardian submit this form on your behalf.)
Your responses are voluntary but may be useful in the federal investigation and to identify you as a potential victim. Based on the responses provided, you may be contacted by the FBI and asked to provide additional information. All identities of victims will be kept confidential.
The FBI is legally mandated to identify victims of federal crimes it investigates. Victims may be eligible for certain services, restitution, and rights under federal and/or state law.
Related Press Release
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